"Since I have come to Holderness I have learned an immense amount about my love for the outdoors. These beautiful landscapes have really taught me to take advantage of my surroundings, and embrace exploration because you never know what you might find!"
What do you love about Holderness? There are a lot of things that I love about Holderness, but one trait that consistently sticks out to me is the sense of community here. We are a tight-knit group that always strives to make individuals the best possible version of themselves. We recognize it is normal for there to be bumps along the way, which is why there is always constant support and encouragement from one another. It is a place where everyone feels welcome to be who they are and discover things about themselves they did not even know existed.
What sports do you play? Describe your favorite Holderness athletics memory. My favorite Holdereness athletics memory would have to be my sophomore year when the hockey team barely squeaked into the NEPSAC tournament as the #7 seed. We ended up defying all odds and making it to the championship game where we faced off against Lakes Region rival, Tilton. The amount of support and energy that was present on our campus during our playoff run was something I will never forget. We hope to make it back to St. Anselm this March to finish what we started in my final season as a Bull!
What classes do you take? What is your favorite class and why? I am enrolled in AP Literature, AP Biology, Spanish 4, Topics in Mathematics, and Senior Thesis. My favorite class would have to be AP Literature because it is an incredibly collaborative class. We are in the midst of reading a number of excerpts written by people of color about real-world problems that are happening as we speak. Social justice has always been a passion of mine, and I find it interesting to hear other people's perspectives on issues that have an effect on so many.
When you are not in class, where is your favorite place to go and why? I really enjoy going to Fiore ice rink. I love spending time on this magnificent sheet of ice due to our unique outdoor setup. We are the only school in all of New England with an outdoor rink that looks out on the beautiful scenery our campus has to offer.
What have you learned about yourself since coming to Holderness? I have learned an immense amount about my love for the outdoors. I have lived in Baltimore my entire life, and there aren't really a whole lot of activities that incorporate the outdoors in the middle of a big city like that. While I love certain aspects of city life, I must say it is so refreshing to go to a school like Holderness where you have mountains, lakes, and trails around you everywhere you go. These beautiful landscapes have really taught me to take advantage of my surroundings, and embrace exploration because you never know what you might find!
Describe your most memorable Holderness community moment. This past Spring, I was fortunate enough to embark on the school's 50th Out Back. On this trip, we were thrown into the White Mountains for an eleven-day camping trip with a three-day solo experience. This was easily one of the most challenging yet rewarding experiences I have ever endured. The memories with friends that eventually turned to family is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. This event symbolizes all that Holderness represents. It is hard to describe the impact it has on our students because everyone has a unique "coming of age" encounter, which is why no one really understands the true beauty behind it until they go through it themselves. I look forward to giving our current Juniors the opportunity to discover themselves this year, and hope I will be able to contribute to their experiences by going out again as a Senior Leader.
Holderness School’s iconic outdoor rink is open for another season, less than two weeks after New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu instituted a temporary ban on indoor ice hockey and skating activities due to COVID-19.
Sophia Schwartz’s ‘09 wide-range of talents is on the big screen at the If3 International Ski Festival starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The film called Jack of all Trades is about her 2020 winter journey to complete three goals: land a double backflip, ski the Grand Teton, and ski the Jackson Hole Trifecta.
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